Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hmmm... what next?

Just a quick one tonight to let everyone know that I pulled up well today.

I am not sore anywhere.  The only thing that aches a bit is my arm from where I would have pulled myself up the stairs.  Other than that, everything is fine.  Legs are good, asthma has totally gone, ankles and knees are fine – I have felt worse after some PT sessions than what I have today!  I am quick amazed.

I’ll go to the gym tomorrow and have a run and might do some swimming just to get all the muscles working again.

I’ve felt a bit ‘meh’ today.  This week has been an emotional roller coaster.  I had a sleep this afternoon and felt a lot better for it.  I am about to go back to bed in a minute. 

I have been thinking about my next challenge.  I need a short term one to work toward for the immediate future and also a few long term ones to train for.  I am going to start doing the stairs more at work now.  I'll work them into part of my fitness routine.  I might do them once a fortnight or so (no, not the whole thing - just 30 flights or so).

I've had a few ideas on what to do...

The Eureka tower one sounds great but very busy!  It’s 88 floors. 

I am already signed up to do the Relay for Life on the 5th and the 6th of November.  I am a member of my Sister’s group.  Here is the link to my ‘sponsor me’ page and more information about Relay for Life…

I’d love to have a go of the Oxfam 100km walk.  This was first suggested to me by someone on my blog (I think – sorry, I have a terrible memory at the moment!).  It sounds very challenging and something that I’d love to do…

I also want to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  One of my friends, Tracey did this around about a month ago.  I’d love to do it with her :) I’d love to do this as a celebration of how far we’ve come.  And Trace is nearly at goal as well.  I have a little way to go yet but it would be fantastic to do this together and do a victory dance at the top (holding onto the rail, of course).  This would be a challenge for me because I hate heights!
http://www.bridgeclimb.com/

I found a great site with some good ideas but most of them are Overseas...
http://www.inspiredadventures.com.au/calendar
I’d love to play footy as well next year.  I’d retire after my first year (depending on how I go).  I am 31, after all!  But I am going to take up some kind of group sport next year.

It’s amazing how much confidence completing the climb has given me.  I feel as though I could do anything!  If you put your mind to it, it can be done. 

If you have any suggestions on things you think might be good to do, feel free to put a comment up :) I’d love to hear your ideas.

14 comments:

  1. Hi,

    Do you have the upper body strength to do rock climbing?

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  2. Hey Steph, make losing weight a personal challenge to raise funds for different groups!! JDRF do a walk for diabetes, the Mothers Day Classic for cancer, Run for the Kids for the Childrens Hospital (?) or create your own challenge for the cancer council, you did that once but perhaps a 'Melton to 'Ballarat' walk, something like that! And count me in to go too!!!!

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  3. Hey Steph, make losing weight a personal challenge to raise funds for different groups!! JDRF do a walk for diabetes, the Mothers Day Classic for cancer, Run for the Kids for the Childrens Hospital (?) or create your own challenge for the cancer council, you did that once but perhaps a 'Melton to 'Ballarat' walk, something like that! And count me in to go too!!!!

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  4. Did you really make it up? I'm not sure that you did.

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  5. What about Mountain climbing?

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  6. Little Miss SkepticalJuly 25, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    How could you do a floor a min?? You mentioned you had breaks?? doesnt add up

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  7. Hi little Miss Skeptical,

    We completed the 46 floors in 46 minutes. The timer was started when we began and was stopped when we finished. 2 people timed it - one of the crew from TT and one of the girls who came up with us (her name is Tara and is a PT at a Gym in QV).

    The timer was not stopped when we stopped. I am not sure how long our break added up to.

    If you're still skeptical, there's not a lot more I can say to satisfy your doubt other than you can do whatever you put your mind to and that includes my ability to drag my 176.8kg body up 46 flights of stairs!

    I plan on practicing for the Eurka tower using the stairs at work. Am aiming to better my time by a few minutes and although this was not a time trial, I am amazed at how well the 6 of us there did.

    Steph

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  8. Why should you even need to back up what you did with an answer? It is actually quite slow (not being rude) but a much fitter and smaller person could do it a lot quicker. Well done. You have done so well.

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  9. And sorry, Little Miss Skeptical,

    I meant 46 floors in 47 minutes - my bad.

    And the Eureka tower! I am sure you knew what I meant though!

    Steph

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  10. Steph, you know what you did, those of us that admire and respect you know what you did!! Little Miss Skeptical, before you doubt check some facts! Any reasonably fit person can trot up a flight of stairs in under a minute, so a group of people on a mission will do it at a regular paced time. If they did each flight in under a minute, very achievable, they will accumulate time for the short breaks they took. Now that I've explained the maths for you, how about you go get a life!

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  11. Why do you doubt that she made it up in that time, LMS? Are you implying that she is lying? A bit ballsy considering there were so many people there!

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  12. hi steph you did a great job however fast or slow you went ---you did it and thats all that matters.. you dont have to justifiey yourself to anybody,,, great job next time l might walk with you ,,ocpd,asthma and all

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  13. that should be copd sorry

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